University of New Hampshire: Narrative Description

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Durham, NH 03824
Tel: (603)862-1234
Admissions: (603)862-1360
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University System of New Hampshire. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1866. Setting: 2,600-acre small town campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $171.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $93.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8314 per student. Total enrollment: 14,405. Faculty: 689 (607 full-time, 82 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 11,587 applied, 68% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 61% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 33 valedictorians. Full-time: 10,769 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 625 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 28 other countries, 41% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 4% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange, New Hampshire College and University Council Exchange, New England Land Grant Universities Exchange, University of California, Santa Cruz Exchange, The Washington (D.C.) Center Internship. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/15, 1/15 for early action. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. State resident tuition: $7210 full-time, $300 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $18,240 full-time, $760 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2016 full-time, $15 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6612. College room only: $3858. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 160 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 4% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Outing Club, Student Committee on Popular Entertainment, Diversity Support Coalition, Campus Activities Board, Student Environmental Action Coalition. Major annual events: Homecoming, Jukebox, Winter Carnival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, lighted pathways and sidewalks. College housing designed to accommodate 5,900 students; 6,180 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Dimond Library plus 4 others with 1.8 million books, 3 million microform titles, 25,962 serials, 37,114 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $14 million. 389 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Situated in southeastern New Hampshire, Durham is a quiet college town with many small restaurants, shops, and pubs located near the university. The cultural and recreational advantages of Portland to the northeast and nearby Boston to the south are both within one hour's drive. The University is 10 miles from the Atlantic coastline and historic Portsmouth. The White Mountains and ski areas are 60 miles to the northwest.